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KCC staff nominated in Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018

Two Kent social workers have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 in recognition of their outstanding work with vulnerable people in the county. Kerri Davies, a care manager based at Brook House in Whitstable, has been nominated for Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker…

Your chance to name 17 new gritters

A competition has been launched to name 17 new gritters. KCC’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines last week on their first shout of the winter season. However, among Gritty McGritFace, Gritney Skiers and Snow Farah are 17 without names. The county’s children now have the…

Bus Summit – Big Conversation

Five rural bus pilot schemes have been announced following the Big Conversation, a consultation to explore options for better transport to rural communities. A summit was held at County Hall in Maidstone on Tuesday (October 30) and revealed the schemes would run in Dover, Sevenoaks, Tenterden, West Malling and Maidstone.…

Kent Business should take the opportunity to join the fastest growing sector in the UK

With the global expenditure on offshore wind expected to reach £108 billion between now and 2022, offshore wind represents a large and growing market for Kent based companies. The UK is number one in the world for offshore wind power generation in terms of installed capacity, and we have the…

School dog boosts children’s confidence, helps them learn to read and enhances their development

Having a furry, four-legged member of staff with a friendly wagging tail makes school extra enjoyable for children, but it also has huge benefits in terms of youngsters’ development. Maypole Primary School in Dartford is one of a growing number of schools across Kent, and indeed the country, that is…

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Concrete driveway installer jailed for fraud and money laundering

The sole boss of a concrete driveway company, who conned victims across Kent out of thousands of pounds, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Arif Choudry, 54, from Tonbridge, was the director of Wycombe Welding Limited, previously trading as ADriveForLife.com.ltd, registered in Kings Hill. He had…

Pupils win big for projects protecting Kent’s bees

There was a buzz of excitement at three Kent schools as pupils found out they had won big prizes for their efforts to save wild bees. Youngsters at Parkside Community Primary School in Canterbury and St Lawrence CEP School in Sevenoaks were crowned joint winners of the competition, organised by…

Winter is coming – KCC is prepared, are you?

Whatever the weather this winter, Kent’s gritters are ready for action. Today (October 26), the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes. The dry run allows drivers old and new to familiarise themselves with the routes,…

KCC responds to government consultation into non-hydraulic fracturing

Plans to remove the need for planning permission to explore for shale gas and to make production proposals for government to determine have been rejected by Kent County Council. KCC has this week responded to two government consultations into whether to allow non-hydraulic fracturing exploration under Permitted Development rights and…

A26 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone reopens

The A26 Tonbridge Road in Maidstone will reopen on Sunday after a void was discovered in May. At a cost of over £1 million and over 8,000 hours of work to fill the void, the road is scheduled to reopen on Sunday morning. The void was first spotted on May…